How Ingressive For Good is Impacting The African Tech Ecosystem
November 24th, 2020 – Folashade Fapohunda, worked in a hospital as an accountant but COVID19 cases started to increase and she was at risk. The hospital closed down and she lost her job. She casually picked up an interest in Graphic design. That was when she came across the Ingressive For Good (I4G), a non-profit equipping young Africans in need with tech skills to help them impact and contribute to the development of Africa, socially and economically. At this time, I4G had partnered with Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform to offer scholarships to 5000+ African youths in tech. Folashade enrolled in the Coursera design courses. These courses gave her the confidence she needed to start freelancing and so far, she has had over 3 paying design clients, with payments worth more than her salary as an accountant.
Two key indicators of a country’s GDP are the economic power of citizens and the percentage of gainfully employed youth. However, 30% of African youth are unemployed. Ingressive For Good (I4G), a non-profit, is looking to change that with their mission to increase the earning power of African youths through tech training, job placement, and community.
In the last 3 months, I4G has aided the training of over 20,000 African youth, built a community of over 17,000 youths, provided tech tools and resources for over 10,000, and placed over 100 in jobs.
“The I4G community collectively has the strategy, the network, and most importantly, the passion to actually change Africa.” Sean Burrowes, the COO and Cofounder of Ingressive for Good said. “The more our community grows, the less I4G feels like a charitable foundation. It feels more like a Pan-African talent development revolution, powered by Africa’s tech-enabled youth.”
With collaboration at the heart of Ingressive For Good, the non-profit is on course to equip young Africans in need with tech skills to help them impact and contribute to the development of Africa, socially and economically. During this pilot phase, I4G partnered with Coursera, Facebook, Datacamp, HNG, SemiColon, Tekedia, CareerBuddy, FindWorka, Live Your Dreams, Covenant University, StudentBuild, Bankole Williams, and so many amazing organizations to reach the Africans in need and provide trainings, scholarships, job placements.
“Ingressive For Good has not only distributed the most licenses of all of DataCamp’s Giveaway Partners so far, but their learners’ adoption and engagement levels on the platform are some of the highest as well. This exemplifies the enormous impact a nonprofit run by caring and talented people can have on communities big and small, local, and abroad.” Nathaniel Taylor-Leach, Community Partnerships Manager at Datacamp, the leading interactive learning platform for data science and analytics.
“Folashade’s success story is one of many young Africans who have been impacted through one or more of the Ingressive For Good programs. With just a laptop one member transitioned from selling liquid soap to on the side if the road a career in tech in two months. Tips learned from an online course helped another member land their first big client leaving poverty in their rearview. Many have gotten access to courses that were cumulatively worth thousands of dollars for free. Africa has huge problems, but sometimes our youth just need a little help…” Blessing Abeng, Director of Communications at Ingressive for Good.
Watch the success stories of the I4G x HNG Internship finalists who received new MacBooks from Ingressive for Good to help them improve their tech skills:
In the last 3 months, I4G has surpassed its pilot goals in tremendous ways. This is the impact so far:
To join I4G on this mission to increase the earning power of African youths and eradicate poverty from Africa, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Follow @ingressive4good on social media to stay updated.
Please visit us online at https://ingressive.org to learn more.
Company Name: Ingressive For Good
Contact Person: Blessing Abeng
Country: United States